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High-yield investing is very interesting, especially in times of low interest rates. The royal class of high yield investing is to trade stocks with very high yields (double digit yields). However, there are risks (e.g. dividend cut) that should not be underestimated. For a margin trader, it is still an attractive opportunity, especially short-term before the next ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next dividend payment. In the case of a double digit annual yield, you should earn at least 2.5 percent for a very short period of investing. I screened my database by stocks with a very high yield (more than 9 percent) as well as ex-dividend date within the upcoming week (March 05 - 11). Exactly 5 stocks fulfilled these criteria. These are the detailed results:

1. American Capital Agency (AGNC) has a market capitalization of $6.99 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,108.87 million and has a net income of $770.48 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $750.34 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 67.67% (operating margin 70.04% and the net profit margin finally 69.48%).

The total debt representing 83.81% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 782.19%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 19.80% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.22. Last fiscal year, the company paid $5.60 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 05, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.97, Price/Sales 6.30 and Price/Book ratio 1.12. Dividend Yield: 16.04%. The beta ratio is 0.45.

2. Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) has a market capitalization of $1.42 billion. The company employs 3,588 people, generates revenues of $2,423.22 million and has a net income of $-43.76 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $188.23 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.77% (operating margin 4.36% and the net profit margin finally -1.81%).

The total debt representing 80.57% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 1,375.03%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of -30.31% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.61. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.00 in form of dividends to shareholders. Ferrellgas announced a quarterly dividend of $0.50, payable on March 16, 2012, to shareholders of record as of March 9, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 0.60 and Price/Book ratio 9.84. Dividend Yield: 10.82%. The beta ratio is 0.56.

3. Educational Development (EDUC) has a market capitalization of $19.54 million. The company employs 70 people, generates revenues of $27.24 million and has a net income of $1.17 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.87 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 6.86% (operating margin 6.40% and the net profit margin finally 4.29%).

The total debt representing 0.40% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.51%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 7.77% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.30. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.51 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company announced to pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 on March 16, 2012 to shareholders of record March 09, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.73, Price/Sales 0.72 and Price/Book ratio 1.33. Dividend Yield: 9.60%. The beta ratio is 0.72.

4. Life Partners Holdings (LPHI) has a market capitalization of $79.07 million. The company employs 59 people, generates revenues of $101.58 million and has a net income of $23.43 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $35.43 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 34.88% (operating margin 34.60% and the net profit margin finally 23.06%).

The company has no long-term debt. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 44.49% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.04. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.04 in form of dividends to shareholders. Life Partners announced on February 27 to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.10 on or about March 15, 2012 for shareholders of record as of March 9, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 105.84, Price/Sales 0.78 and Price/Book ratio 1.43. Dividend Yield: 9.43%. The beta ratio is 0.55.

5. PDL BioPharma (PDLI) has a market capitalization of $919.68 million. The company generates revenues of $362.04 million and has a net income of $199.39 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $343.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 94.74% (operating margin 94.72% and the net profit margin finally 55.07%).

The total debt representing 161.10% of the company's assets. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.16. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.60 in form of dividends to shareholders. PDL BioPharma has its ex-dividend date on March 05, 2012 and pays $0.15 in cash.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.69, Price/Sales 2.54 and Price/Book ratio is not calculable due to a negative book value. Dividend Yield: 9.13%. The beta ratio is 0.53.

Source: 5 Stocks With Very High Yields (9-16% Yield) Going Ex-Dividend In The Upcoming Week